How to setup a custom domain

If you haven't already purchased a custom domain name, you'll need to get one from one of the many great domain name registrars out there.

We recommend Hover.com because their customer support is great, their prices are competitive, and their domains are the easiest to setup with 22Slides.

Some other great registrars are NameSilo, iWantMyName.com, NameCheap, 1&1, and GoDaddy. Any of them will work!


Basic Domain Setup Instructions

  1. Go to the "Settings" page in your control panel, click the "setup a custom domain" button, and enter your domain in the field provided.
  2. At your domain registrar's website, you'll need to edit your DNS records to point your A record for:
    yourdomain.com (without the "www")
    to:
    198.61.239.82
  3. Also at your domain registrar's website, edit your DNS records to point your CNAME record for:
    www.yourdomain.com (with the "www")
    to:
    sites.22slides.com
  4. Wait anywhere from 2 hours to 48 hours for your domain to start working. It's a good idea to wait a day or so before you start sharing the website with others, because even if the domain works for you, it might not yet work for people in other areas.

Domain Registrar Specific Instructions

How to setup a Hover.com domain with 22Slides

  1. Go to your "Settings" page in your 22Slides control panel and click the "Set Up a Custom Domain" button in the "Domain Name" section.
  2. Enter your domain name in the blank and click the "Setup Custom Domain" button.
  3. Login to Hover.com and click on your domain.
  4. Click the "Connect" tab.
  5. Find 22Slides in the list and click "Get Started".
  6. Click "Connect".

That's it, you're done! Your domain should start working within an hour or two, however it's recommended to wait about 12 hours before sharing your site with others, since different parts of the world might take a bit longer to see the changes you just made.

How to setup an IWantMyName.com domain with 22Slides

  1. Go to your "Settings" page in your 22Slides control panel and click the "Set Up a Custom Domain" button in the "Domain Name" section.
  2. Enter your domain name in the blank and click the "Setup Custom Domain" button.
  3. Login to IWantMyName.com and click the "number of domains you have."You have X domains" link.
  4. Click "Install new service".
  5. Use the search box at the top right to find "22Slides".
  6. Click "Install 22Slides".

That's it, you're done! Your domain should start working within an hour or two, however it's recommended to wait about 12 hours before sharing your site with others, since different parts of the world might take a bit longer to see the changes you just made.

How to setup a NameSilo domain with 22Slides

There are two methods for setting a NameSilo domain. One for new domains and one for existing domains:

For new domains:

  1. Click this link: https://www.namesilo.com/dnsp/22Slides
  2. On the NameSilo page, search for your domain at the top and follow the instructions provided to complete the checkout process
  3. By using the link provided above, your NameSilo domain will automatically be setup with the necessary configuration
  4. Go to your "Settings" page in your 22Slides control panel and click the "Set Up a Custom Domain" button in the "Domain Name" section.
  5. Enter your domain name in the blank and click the "Setup Custom Domain" button.

For existing domains:

  1. Go to your "Settings" page in your 22Slides control panel and click the "Set Up a Custom Domain" button in the "Domain Name" section.
  2. Enter your domain name in the blank and click the "Setup Custom Domain" button.
  3. Login to your NameSilo account
  4. Go to the Domain Manager page in your account by clicking "Manage My Domains" from the top of any page.
  5. Click the blue globe icon in the Options column for the domain in question.
  6. Answer your Domain Defender question(s) if you use Domain Defender.
  7. Make sure your domain is using our default name servers. A bold, red message will appear at the top of the DNS Manager page if the domain is not. If you see this message, simply click the provided link and choose to apply our default name servers on the subsequent page. Then, return to the DNS Manager page (step 2 above) to complete the remaining steps below. (Please note that name server changes can take up to 48 hours to propagate).
  8. Select the 22Slides template from the bottom of the DNS Manager page.
  9. A popup window will appear summarizing the changes that will be made. Click "accept".

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If you need any help with this, we can actually login to your domain account and make the changes for you. Please send us a message (click here) and include:

  • Your 22Slides website address
  • Your custom domain name
  • The company you bought your domain name through
  • Your domain company's login name and password, so we can get in to make the changes

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